[ am-fish-ee-uh nz, -fish-uh nz ]
/ æmˈfɪʃ i ənz, -ˈfɪʃ ənz /

plural noun Archaic.

inhabitants of the tropics.

Nearby words

  1. amphipod,
  2. amphipodous,
  3. amphiprostyle,
  4. amphiprotic,
  5. amphisbaena,
  6. amphistomatal,
  7. amphistome,
  8. amphistomous,
  9. amphistylar,
  10. amphithalamus

Also am·phis·ci·i [am-fish-ee-ahy] /æmˈfɪʃ iˌaɪ/.

Origin of amphiscians

1615–25; < Medieval Latin Amphisci(ī) (< Greek amphískioi, plural of amphískios (adj.) casting a shadow both ways, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + skí(a) shadow + -os adj. suffix) + -ans, plural of -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for amphiscians



1620s, from Medieval Latin Amphiscii, from Greek amphiskioi "inhabitants of the tropics," literally "throwing a shadow both ways," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + skia "shadow" (see shine (v.)). Inhabitants of torrid zones, so called because they are "people whose shadow is sometimes to the North, and sometimes to the South" [Cockerham, 1623].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper